Mission & Service Opportunities
First Presbyterian Church supports a variety of local mission groups and organizations, both financially and through service:
- Sojourner House
- Beacon House
- Community Table
- Good News Jail Ministry
- Feed My People Food Bank
- Firece Freedom
- Salvation Army
- Chippewa Valley Free Clinic
- Eau Claire School Disctrict Homeless Students
- J.O.N.A.H. of the Chippewa Valley (Joining Our Neighbors Advancing Hope)
First Presbyterian Church supports the missions of the Presbyterian Church (USA) through the following special offerings and supported programs:
ONE GREAT HOUR OF SHARING OFFERING
enables the church to share God's love with our neighbors-in-need around the world by providing relief to those affected by natural disasters, provide food to the hungry, and helping to empower the poor and oppressed. This offering supports the following programs:
- Presbyterian Disaster Assistance
- Presbyterian Hunger Program
- Self Development of People
PEACE & GLOBAL WITNESS OFFERING
(formerly Peacemaking Offering) enables the church to promote the Peace of Christ by addressing systems of injustice across the world. Individual congregations are encouraged to utilize up to 25% of the Peace & Global Witness Offering to sustain their local peacemaking ministries. Programs supported through this offering include:
- Presbyterian Peacemaking Program
- PC(USA) World Mission
helps the church encourage, develop, and support its young people, and also address the needs of at-risk children. 40% of the Pentecost offering can be retained by individual congregations wanting to make an impact in the lives of young people within their own community. Programs supported through this offering include:
- Young Adult Volunteers
- Ministries for Youth
CHRISTMAS JOY OFFERING
helps provide financial assistance to current and former church workers and their families and also enables deserving students to attend Presbyterian-related racial ethnic colleges and schools.
Visit the Presbyterian Mission website for more information
Presbyterian Disaster Assistance enables congregations and mission partners of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A) to witness to the healing love of Christ through caring for communities adversely affected by crisis and catastrophic event.
Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) is the emergency and refugee program of the Presbyterian Church U.S.A. The core budget, including staff and administrative costs, is funded through the One Great Hour of Sharing, and its program work is additionally funded through designated gifts.
Presbyterian Disaster Assistance focuses on the long term recovery of disaster impacted communities.Provides training and disaster preparedness for presbyteries and synods.
Works collaboratively with church partners and members of the ACT Alliance (Action by Churches Together) internationally, and nationally with other faith based responders.
Connects partners locally and internationally with key organizations active in the response — United Nations, NVOAD (National Voluntary Agencies Active in Disaster), World Food Program, Red Cross, FEMA and others
Visit the Presbyterian Disaster Assistance website for more information.